Dec 27, 2016
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As we move further into the age of wireless audio with the iPhone 7 abandoning the ever-so-present headphone jack, a new category of "truly wireless" earbuds has been popping up. So you may be asking, what does "truly wireless" even mean? Well, as you may have seen, many earbuds that have claimed to be "wireless" actually have a wire in between the buds that generally goes around your neck. So, a few companies, such as Bragi, decided to do away with any and all wires, leaving us with Bragi's first product, the Dash. The Dash started as a Kickstarter project back in February of 2014, with an enormous amount of support, raising just under $3.4 million with the promise of earbuds completely free of wires and with loads of other features. These features included activity tracking, touch controls, on-board storage, water-resistance, and more. The campaign had initially intended to ship out the Dash units in October of 2014, but due to many setbacks, they started shipping out units in early- to mid-2016. With initial reports of problems with the microphone and Bluetooth connectivity, it seemed, at first, like the Dash could be just another Kickstarter flop. Instead, however, the company dedicated a lot of time into creating new updates to the firmware that drastically improved, if not completely solved these issues. The Sound DSC01138An earbud can't be good without sounding good, of course. So, how does the Dash stack up to the competition? After all, the price for these is not cheap, coming in at around $300. Well, they're actually pretty good! I wasn't expecting amazing sound from a device so small, yet packed full of components. What I found was that the Dash produces a good, clear sound, though certainly preferring the mids over the lows and highs. That said, I am quite a bass-lover myself and I'm coming from using a V-Moda Crossfade M-100, so I've been spoiled, and for earbuds, the Dash does a good job producing the bass it does. If I had to compare it to some other earbuds, I'd compare the sound to something like the "wireless" (but not completely wireless) Jaybird Bluebuds, which are quite good themselves. Bluetooth Connectivity Now, a common issue with truly wireless earbuds is their often lacking performance in their ability to hold a strong Bluetooth connection. In the beginning, there were lots of complaints from users experiencing poor connection even if the phone was placed only as far as the user's pockets. Obviously, that's a huge issue, but also one Bragi appears to have fixed through their updates. I can confidently say that I have had virtually no issues whatsoever with the connectivity of these earbuds, other than maybe one or two micro drops in connection. I tested the Dash by walking around a room and was able to go as far as 10 to 15 feet away from the source without experiencing any connectivity issues. Additionally, just the process of using and connecting the earbuds is really simple. All you do is take them out of the case and put them in your ears. The buds sense when they're in and automatically turn on, connect to each other, and connect to your phone or other device. Comfort and Design DSC01125Another historically common problem with this category of audio products is the ridiculous look of the product or their inability to stay in ears due to the sheer weight they carry. Luckily, this is not an issue with the Dash. While you may get some head turns while using this product, people often just don't care, and the Dash really doesn't look bad at all. Additionally, these earbuds were surprisingly comfortable to wear. They come with multiple sleeves to fit your ears (XS, S, M, and L), and once you find the right fit, the earbuds fit snuggly and quite comfortably. I haven't had too many issues with the buds falling out, which has always been a problem for me, whether or not the earbuds I was using were wireless. Yet another check mark for the Dash. Gestures/Controls A neat feature of the Dash is the way you control them. There are multiple ways that you control the Dash, including through the app, touch sensors on the outside of each bud, and head gestures. For instance, if you receive a call while using the earbuds, just nod or shake your head to answer or deny the call. Playing and pausing is easy, with just a tap on the right earbud, or start tracking activities with a tap on the left. One of the issues I noticed is that the touch sensors aren't only sensitive to your fingers, so putting on a winter hat caused the earbuds to do some unwanted actions. After looking around a bit, though, it looks like Bragi addressed this issue by including a touch lock that can be implemented by holding down on both the right and left touch sensors, which worked well and solved my problem. Other Features DSC01143The other features included with the Dash are a microphone, onboard storage, a heart-rate sensor, and a case that charges the buds 5 times on-the-go. To start off, the microphone had quite a few complaints in the early days, with users claiming it was unusable and that the person speaking sounded robotic over the phone. This is yet another area where Bragi has used its firmware updates to address an issue. When I was using the microphone for phone calls, some people said there were no problems at all, while others said it sounded a bit muddled, but they could still hear me and know what I was saying. As for the onboard storage, there's not much to be said about it. Songs can be added through a computer and using it works as described. Next up is the heart-rate sensor, which seemed to be relatively accurate, though I didn't have another device to compare it to at the time. This is a really nice feature for athletes looking to listen to music without an annoying wire and no need for a smartwatch. And lastly, the charging case. The case is built quite well, with an aluminum sleeve and a strong metal or plastic where the earbuds actually rest. The earbuds flash when they've been connected properly, and a magnet holds them in place. My only complaint is that I feel like I will drop the earbuds when trying to get them out of the case because you have to take the sleeve off, hold that, hold the battery part, and then fiddle with getting the buds out. That said, overall, the battery case is a nice feature, as the battery life on the buds isn't spectacular at about 3 hours. Conclusion So, what are my overall thoughts of the Dash? Well, I like them. I don't know if I, personally, would quite want to spend the $300 for them, but I could understand why some would. The features work well and the sound quality is pretty good, considering everything that's built into them. I think Bragi's next product, the Headphone, could also allow a lot more people to purchase their products, with reportedly better sound quality and a much lower price of $149. However, that new product does strip the Dash of many of its capabilities, including the water-resistance, touch controls, onboard storage, and heart rate sensor. So it really comes down to what you want. If you want the smart capabilities, there really is no other product out there that offers all of the Dash's capabilities, but if that does interest you, the Headphone is probably the way to go.

Gold MacBook Unboxing & Overview [Video]

Apple’s new MacBooks are now available at retail stores nationwide and with that come videos from me showing you Apple’s latest so you can decide if you want spend your money on it. Here is my unboxing of the Gold MacBook:

 

The new MacBook feels premium yet it is light and portable. For ~$1,400 you can go to an Apple Store and get yourself one. Don’t expect this laptop to be super speedy and handle all of your productivity done but it is able to handle quite a bit! I’ve been able to run Final Cut Pro and Pixelmator with little-to-no problems.

The Gold MacBook is stunning in its own way. This color basically says “I have the new MacBook and it’s Gold”. You’ll probably get a lot of people looking at your new MacBook if you opt for gold but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Amazon: Gold MacBook

Silver MacBook Unboxing & Overview [Video]

Apple’s new MacBooks are now available at retail stores nationwide and with that come videos from me showing you Apple’s latest so you can decide if you want spend your money on it. Here is my unboxing of the Silver MacBook:

 

The new MacBook feels premium yet it is light and portable. For ~$1,400 you can go to an Apple Store and get yourself one. Don’t expect this laptop to be super speedy and handle all of your productivity done but it is able to handle quite a bit! I’ve been able to run Final Cut Pro and Pixelmator with little-to-no problems.

The Silver MacBook looks sleek and clean. I initially was set on the Space Gray but after using the Silver for some time I now don’t know which color I prefer. This color is definitely the way to go if you tend to prefer minimal and clean design.

Amazon: Silver MacBook

Space Gray MacBook Unboxing & Overview [Video]

Apple’s new MacBooks are now available at retail stores nationwide and with that come videos from me showing you Apple’s latest so you can decide if you want spend your money on it. Here is my unboxing of the Space Gray MacBook:

 

The new MacBook feels premium yet it is light and portable. For ~$1,400 you can go to an Apple Store and get yourself one. Don’t expect this laptop to be super speedy and handle all of your productivity done but it is able to handle quite a bit! I’ve been able to run Final Cut Pro and Pixelmator with little-to-no problems.

This Space Gray color looks really great, it’s a much nicer shade than that of the iPhone 6. This is definitely the color to choose if you want something subtle yet sharp and attractive.

Amazon: Space Gray MacBook

Amazon Fire Phone Unboxing & Overview [Video]

Amazon’s latest device is now available for purchase at AT&T and on Amazon for $650 off-contract and $200 on a 2-year contract. In this video we unbox the Amazon Fire Phone for AT&T and do a overview of the device’s look, specs, and major features. Check out the video below…

Spec Highlights

4.7-inch screen
1280px x 720px
aspect ratio 16:9
139.2 x 66.5 x 8,9 mm
160g
Speakers 2 (stereo in landscape)
2400 mAh (9Wh)

More info on the Fire Phone: Amazon

Disclaimer: DarGadgetZ received the unit from AT&T to review. AT&T’s involvement had no impact on the reviewers opinion.

 

LG G Flex for AT&T Unboxing & Overview [Video]

I got to use the LG G Flex for nearly a week and enjoyed nearly every minute of it. The device runs on AT&T’s 4G network, has a curved 6-inch display that can bend, and a back casing that can self heal small scuffs and scratches. The phone is comfortable to hold and there are no problems when carrying it in a pocket unless your pocket is too small. The device is big which might be a drawback for some but, if you are a power user you will definitely appreciate the screen and the battery size. The battery life was one of my favorite aspects of the device since it lasted me over a full day of constant use. Something that would normally destroy the battery life on my iPhone 5S, like watching a movie on Netflix, had a very minimal impact on the battery life of the LG G Flex. Check out the video below for a full overview of the device and unboxing…

Specs/Features

  • 6-inch HD OLED display
  • Dual Window to use 2 apps simultaneously
  • Powerful performance
  • Instinctive rear key and Knock-on to unlock the phone
  • 13MP Rear-facing Camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2.1MP Front-facing camera
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800
  • 2.26GHz quad-core
  • 2GB RAM
  • 4.2 Jelly Bean

Skip unboxing portion by going to 2:26

Phone was provided to us by AT&T. 

First Xbox One Unboxing Hits The Web

Xbox’s Major Nelson has unboxed the Xbox One for the first time and shows us what comes with the console. One thing that Xbox decided to add to the bundle is a wired mic which is much better for voice chat than Kinect when playing multiplayer games, check out the video below to see everything that comes in the box.

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